Almost every defense offered by Republicans to downplay or deny the allegations that Roy Moore seduced girls as young as 14 has not only been wrong but also deeply shameful, asserts William Saletan of Slate. All the evidence indicates that he did what his accusers have alleged. The vast majority of attempts by his campaign to counter their claims have been full of holes. The GOP-accepted position of waiting to judge until he’s proven guilty is disingenuous because the statue of limitations has run out. While Moore can’t be convicted in court anymore, the work of journalists plus the statements of his many and varied accusers make his guilt almost certain.
The longstanding culture war against all things conservative, from guns to traditional gender roles, makes it essentially impossible for Republicans to drop Roy Moore and accept a Democrat in his place, argues Erick Erickson of The Maven. The mainstream media has long criticized many parts of the conservative way of life, encouraging that society dismantle it, even twisting facts to support this message. Alabamans are right to be skeptical of the allegations against Moore. He is the only one that promises to maintain their conservative ways. The way that their values and lifestyle has been attacked makes Alabamans' loyalty to one of their own highly understandable.